Farewell, Greenfield

June 24, 2020

On the ranking of things I get to write, this one ranks at the bottom of the scale. I’ve been putting it off for a week or so, “waiting for more information” I’ve been telling myself, but it is time.…

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Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

Reagan famously referred to the United States as a shining city on a hill with the eyes of all people upon us.  Today, that shining city has risen up in protest because we have manifestly failed to live up to

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The Barrister Bounce Back Plan

May 13, 2020

Update 30 June 2020: the sustained protests against police violence has created a natural experiment that has produced the heartening if unsurprising finding that the proper use of masks really does significantly reduce the transmission of SARS-COV-2.  While our Barrister …

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Making Dice—Day 4: Finishing and Polishing

January 11, 2020

Start making your own dice—from start to finish!

Check out Day Three: Demolding, if you missed it last time, or get started at Day One.

Day Four: Finishing and Polishing

You would’ve noticed when pulling your dice that …

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North Shore Friday Night Magic – Modern: new structure

October 3, 2019

Good evening, my fellow Modern players. We have some changes coming to the Friday Night Magic – Modern event at our North Shore location. These changes are limited to this event at this location.

Starting Friday, 11 October 2019, Modern …

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Play Games for Lunch

August 18, 2019

“The opposite of play is not work.  It’s depression.” – Dr. Stuart Brown [1]

Good evening, all.  Gordon, a.k.a. “The” Barrister here, and I want to talk about the research on the benefits of play and how this led to …

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My First Holiday

February 5, 2019

Well not exactly my first… My name is Ian. I’m the new Store Manager at the Board Game Barrister in the Bayshore mall. Here’s an interesting little tidbit about myself: I worked for Walmart for 10 years before becoming …

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Award Winning Radio

May 6, 2018

One of the most-fun things I get to do is be “the voice” of the Board Game Barrister on the radio.  I’ve recorded fun spots for contests, supported public radio on WUWM (I don’t get to record these myself, alas), …

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May the 4th be Oak & Shield

April 11, 2018

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
The Oak & Shield Gaming Pub shall have its grandest of openings on the fourth day of May.

Or, put another way:  May the Fourth be Oak & Shield.

Ok, maybe that’s being too kitschy about …

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Criminal Background Check Policy

February 7, 2018

Here’s some behind-the-scenes discussion on the always-riveting topic of criminal background checks.

One of our publisher partners recently laid out some requirements stating that all stores who run certain types of events for them must conduct criminal background checks.  I …

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